National Transition Training Fund

This part of the National Transition Training Fund has now closed.

What is the National Transition Training fund?

Launched in October 2020 to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by COVID-19, the National Transition Training Fund, administered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), helps people prepare for a new career by offering short sharp training opportunities for in-demand skills.  

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1 March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

The National Transition Training Fund offers training in areas where we expect growth in the labour market, providing you with a strong footing for employment opportunities.

Who is eligible?

Anyone aged 25 or over who:

  • Is under threat of redundancy and within 13 weeks immediately before your redundancy date, OR 
  • Has been made unemployed on or after 1 March 2020

How to access training

If you are claiming benefits, your DWP work coach will be able to refer you to a local training provider.

If you are not claiming benefits, you can call our SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000 for more information. 

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